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15 Characteristics of Effective Pastors: How to Strengthen Your Inner Core and Ministry Impact

15 Characteristics of Effective Pastors: How to Strengthen Your Inner Core and Ministry Impact

by Kevin W. Mannoia, Larry Walkemeyer

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The church finds itself in a period of great diversification and multiple expressions. In the midst of great change, we have become confused about what really makes for healthy and authentic pastoral leadership. What are the basic and common characteristics necessary for pastors to be effective? How can lay people understand the pastoral call more fully and partner better with pastors for the health of their church? Here Mannoia and Walkemeyer examine the foundations of pastoral effectiveness and bring together nine experienced pastoral leaders to discuss the basic characteristics that exist in effective pastors. Regardless of context or personality, ineffectiveness in pastors and subsequent ill health in churches is often not the result of a lack of calling, but instead is the result of misappropriated efforts to find success. Let's help those who are called to be good stewards of their call. And let's help churches have a chance to be healthy under the leadership of effective pastors!

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ISBN-13: 9781441224132
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 238
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kevin W. Mannoia has served in active ministry as a church planter, pastor, and overseer of pastors since 1980. Kevin has held responsibilities as superintendent and bishop of his denomination before assuming a national role as president of the National Association of Evangelicals. His visionary leadership in forming next generation leaders was further focused while serving as Dean of Theology at Azusa Pacific University, where he currently serves as Faculty and Graduate Chaplain. Having grown up overseas, Mannoia regularly teaches and preaches internationally. He is an author, mentor, and global church strategist who works regularly with leaders for effective ministry.

Larry Walkemeyer has been in ministry for more than thirty years, currently serving as the lead pastor of Light & Life Christian Fellowship, a multiethnic church in Long Beach, California. Larry has been the visionary force in growing Light & Life and in starting or rebirthing several churches in the U.S. and Ethiopia. As an effective communicator and ministry practitioner, Larry has frequently spoken at pastoral conferences nationally and internationally. Larry was selected as one of the top 100 graduates in the 100-year history of Azusa Pacific University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 10

Introduction 12

What Makes an Effective Pastor?

1 Grace and Growth 21

Possesses a lively experience of God's grace and growth in his or her Christian walk

2 Love for God 35

Possesses a deep, personal love for God

3 Spiritual Formation 43

Develops regular habits for spiritual formation (devotions, fasting solitude, and so forth)

4 Personal Integrity 57

Values and consistently manifests personal integrity

5 Love for the Church 72

Demonstrates a love and zeal for the Church of Jesus Christ through his or her actions

6 Servant Leader 79

Demonstrates a godly servant attitude in personal and leadership roles

7 Model of Holiness 92

Models and leads the congregation in the pursuit of personal and corporate holiness

8 Prayer Life 106

Models an effective, regular, growing prayer life

9 Holy Spirit Empowerment 118

Believes in the power of the Holy Spirit and expects the Holy Spirit to work in an ongoing way

10 Inspired Preaching 133

Exhibits an ability to preach God's Word in afresh, invigorating way

11 Sure Calling 140

Lives and ministers out of a clear sense of calling

12 Godly Character 154

Demonstrates godly character, manifested through the fruit of the Spirit

13 Personal Accountability 171

Invites and embraces personal accountability

14 Strong Marriage 183

Possesses a strong marriage with obvious loving regard for spouse

15 Visionary Leadership 197

Possesses an ability to communicate a vision and motivate others toward it

Conclusion 209

A Final Word on Being an Effective Pastor

Appendixes 222

A Using 15 Characteristics of Effective Pastors

B The Delphi Process

C 64 Synthesized Characteristics

D 15 Characteristics Summary Descriptions

About the Delphi Panelists 236

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